Synopsis: Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into to pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win his freedom and confront his inner demons, ultimately becoming a follower of the man who was crucified in his place.
Director(s): Richard Fleischer
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
137 min

-What are you doing?

-Come on, give him his robes.

-You be nice to your King Barabbas.

More wives than Solomon

and his subjects as ripe as old pumpkins.

Here's your sceptre. Take it.

Set him on his throne.

-What's that?

-That's the sceptre.

Sit down on your throne.

Kneel down, all you miserable scum

of the earth, and acknowledge.

Kneel down, you scum of the earth.

Hail! Hail!

I'll make laws for you

that will tax your constitutions.

I crown you, King Barabbas.

Here she is, Barabbas, if you want her.

Look here, Rachel,

look who's been asking for you.

The old rascal back from the dead.

So, here she is.

What's the matter with me?

Why don't you look at me?

Barabbas, let me go.

Not until you've told me

you're glad I'm alive.

-I wouldn't wish any man his death.

-What do you mean by that?

Don't make me speak to you.

-What do you mean by that?

-Don't make me speak to you.

That's a warm welcome.

I couldn't follow any further.

I daren't say what is still to come,

but God forgive us all if he can.

What did I tell you?

She's no good to you now, Barabbas.

Come on.

I'm not here to be made a fool of.

What's the matter?

Remember how it used to be.

Barabbas, don't you see what's happening?

Don't you understand what set you free?

I just got out of prison.

I need to get the cramp out of my bones.

That's what's happened.

-I'm not the same. Nothing is the same.

-You'd better try and make it the same.

Barabbas, listen to me.

For pity's sake believe me.

He came from God,

the man who's taking your place.

You think I should have been killed

instead of him?

You think I ought to be dead?

Barabbas, hear what I say.

He came from God.

That's none of my worry.

God can look after his own.

-And you can look after me.


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Christopher Fry

Christopher Fry (18 December 1907 – 30 June 2005) was an English poet and playwright. He is best known for his verse dramas, notably The Lady's Not for Burning, which made him a major force in theatre in the 1940s and 1950s. more…

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